In part three of our Personal Essay Markets series, we got the inside scoop from another 15 pubs on what editors are looking for in a personal essay.
With mags ranging from Psychology Today to Southwest Airlines’ Spirit, you’re sure to find at least one venue that appeals to you. Perhaps you have a food-related story? Here, a Saveur editor shares her pitching advice:
Saveur — “Memories” and “Essay”
Foodies will appreciate these personal essay columns that involve a truly remarkable story, however large or small the scale. “Memories” is a story told about the past. “Essay” is a personal perspective on food, dish, person or ingredient, but it’s a story that isn’t past tense.
Length: 1,000-2,000 words
Pay: $1 a word
Assigning editor: Betsy Andrews, BETSY dot ANDREWS at BONNIERCORP dot COM
Andrews’ advice: “It’s best to submit “Memories” pieces or “Essay” pieces on spec. If there are recipes we can get out of them, that’s great but not necessary. We have published many, many stories about writers’ immigrant grandmother and their food, so think outside the box in terms of subject matter.”
For pitching tips from other pubs, read: Personal Essay Markets: Part III.
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